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Flower Power Trip

(Braxton Campus Mysteries #3)

4.65  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  42 reviews

At a masquerade ball to raise money for renovations to Memorial Library, Kellan finds a dead body dressed in a Dr. Evil costume.

Did one of Maggie’s sisters kill the annoying guest who’d been staying at the Roarke and Daughters Inn, or does the victim have a closer connection to someone else at Braxton College?

As Kellan helps school president Ursula bury a secret from her p

Paperback, Regular Print, 250 pages
Published March 18th 2019 by Next Chapter
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Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Since this is my own book, I'm not going to write a review. I'm using this space to let you know when there are discounts or marketing promotions, as well as share some thoughts on how the book came to be.

Flower Power Trip is my fifth novel, also the third in the Braxton Campus Mysteries series. The series follows typical cozies in that it doesn't contain graphic violence, sexual content, or vulgar language; however, I've turned the genre upside down by focusing on a young male protagonist who i
Candace Robinson
It felt like home to be back inside Kellan’s head once again! His character feels extremely real and you struggle with him, journey with him, and grow even more with him! And yes, my lady, Nana D is back!!! I'd honestly love a whole book about her! Even like a prequel to when she was younger!

One of my favorite scenes in the entire book is the costume party! I seriously want to go to one like that!! The side characters are all great with distinctive personalities that don’t feel cookie cutter!

Kathi Defranc
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Mystery During A Masquerade Ball With A Myriad Of Characters Involved!!

A great addition to the 'Braxton Campus ' mystery series by James Cudney! Definitely my favorite thus far and the author has improved so much from the first book!! Intriguing characters that you enjoy spending time with, great plots that keep you guessing and many twists that keep the story interesting from start to finish, with that little cliffhanger that has you eager to read the next book.
I have never been a big cozy
Bernard Jan
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
While Kellan Ayrwick, a brilliant one, as his Nana D likes to call him, is trying to resolve a new Braxton murder, he is not aware of another mystery that will hit closer to his home.

Flower Power Trip is a multilayer story full of memorable characters, blooming with an irresistible charm. This is the third book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries and if you haven’t read the first two books, please do that. As the author takes us deeper into the life of Braxton, the more we love it. From book to book
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder mystery and I have a close relationship. I love this genre, and it loves me back. Who can ever forget Sherlock Holmes?!! (Who can ever forget Benedict Cumberbatch, yumm)

Kellan strikes again, his days of sleuthing has become frequent, much to the ire of our lovely sheriff April and my personal favorite Myriam. This time Myriam's wife Ursula needs help and Kellan has been given the responsibility to find the stalker. But instead, he finds a dead body at the masquerade ball, and onward and
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, own, dogs, mystery
Kellan Ayrwick is working with Ursula to identify her stalker in the third edition of the Braxton mysteries. He has other problems that need his attention. He has been receiving post cards weekly from his ex-wife, Francesca from places they visited together. Kellan is helping Nana D with her campaign for Mayor. He accidentally discover a sibling who left town a few years ago. His brother is not willing at this time to see their parents. His relationship with Sheriff April is moving along at a sl ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have not always been a fan of "cozy" mysteries as I like my thrillers dark and edgy. But since I discovered Cudney's Braxton Campus novels, I am a convert! This is #3 in the series but each can be read as a stand-alone (although I advise you to start with the first as the characters are so endearing that by #3 I feel like they are old friends)! Kellen has moved back to his hometown to teach and seems to get caught up in the small town murders that have recently plagued the campus. The mystery ...more
Eileen Thornton
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Kellan Ayrwick finds himself trying to solve a murder at Braxton College, when, at a fancy dress function he finds a visiting professor stabbed to death
Alarmingly, the person standing over the body, clutching the knife, later proved to have killed the man, is a family friend. She professes her innocence to Kellan and, even though he believes she didn't kill the man, he keeps getting the feeling that she is hiding something. But he is adamant to get to the bottom of the problem and f
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Flower Power Trip: Death at the Masquerade Ball (#3)

Kellan Ayrwick is helping the Braxton College president, Ursula Power, find who is stalking her. Maggie Rourke, head librarian of the Memorial Library, is hosting a masquerade ball to raise funds to renovate the library. The theme is Heroes and Villains. The guest are to come dressed as their favorite hero or villain. It is during the ball that Kellan comes across a dead body with the murderer still holding the knife. The victim turns out to be
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Poor Kellan, he finds another dead body. This time in the courtyard at the Memorial Library during the fundraiser masquerade ball. Crime sure has been on the rise since he came back to town. The body may tie into a situation Braxton’s school president is facing. The school is also hosting a special flower exhibit, one of Kellan’s siblings is back in town, Nana D is running for mayor, and Kellan’s not so dead wife is sending him postcards from places they had traveled together
Didi Oviatt
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Possibly my favorite Braxton Campus mystery so far!!! Flower Power Trip is the third installment of Kellan Airwick's tale. Each book can be a stand alone, but I strongly suggest reading them all, in order. The first book gives an excellent introduction to many of the characters and their family dynamic, and each book from there only grows in development. They line up seamlessly, each story complementing one another and focusing on several different character angles. I especially love the growth
Brian Porter
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A mystery with a real cutting edge

Kellan Ayrwick returns in the third Braxton Campus Mystery. This time a visiting professor is found dead in the middle of a function at the University and one of Kellan's friends is found holding the murder weapon. Convinced of his friend's innocence, Kellan sets out to discover the identity of the real killer.
James Cudney is adept at creating realistic and interesting characters who you easily come to care about. We are faced with enough familiar faces from his
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Braxton Campus mystery series by James J. Cudney. A cozy mystery series with interesting characters and a delightful university setting. Charming and entertaining. Good for fans of humorous cozies.
Dee Dee
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kellan Ayrwick and his quirky family are all back for this third installment in the Braxton Campus Mystery Series. Kellan, now professor Ayrwick, is assisting the Braxton College President, Ursula Power, who is receiving threatening messages. Ursula is worried that her dark family secret will be revealed, when a visiting professor is found stabbed to death during a college fundraising event. Kellan stumbles across the murder scene just as a family friend is discovered standing over the dead body ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kellan has much going on in this third instalment in James Cudney’s Braxton Campus series. He, along with his daughter, is now living on Nana D.’s property, as well as continuing to run her mayoral campaign. Kellan also tries to dodge trouble from both the sheriff and his bosses, Ursula and Myriam, while inserting himself in yet another murder investigation, at Maggie’s behest, to protect a family member of hers going to jail for said murder. However, it proves not easy to hold both Sheriff Apri ...more
Patrick Hodges
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't get over just how complex and multi-layered James Cudney makes his mysteries. There's so much going on, with multiple subplots and a myriad of colorful characters filling the pages; and yet, I never had trouble following the progression of events.

Once again, Kellen Aywrick is called upon to solve a murder when a man is murdered at a costume party. It turns out the man was not who he claimed to be, and in order to keep one of his good friends from taking the fall, Kellen must use all his
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books set in an academic setting. This is a very solid series. Good set up for the next one....
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Every time I picked up this Braxton Campus Mystery series, I was, without fail, left with my thoughts in a whirl, needing some peace and quiet to regroup. Just like the previous two books, the author, James J. Cudney, closed the book with such a cliff hanger that made my poor heart pounding so hard against my chest, thirsty for more. Darn you, I really blame you for that!

Going back to my thoughts, I honestly don't know where to begin and what to say. I have so many thoughts running through my mi
E. Denise Billups
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Flower Power Trip: Death at The Masquerade Ball is the third book in James J. Cudney’s Braxton Campus Mysteries. This cozy mystery series grows more gripping with each successive book as Kellan Ayrwick, professor and campus sleuth, stumbles again upon another perplexing murder.

Ursula Power, President of Braxton, is the target of an unknown stalker and has asked Kellan for help. Ursula’s history comes to light when, once again, a third murder crosses Kellan’s path at a costume ball fundraiser fo
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I struggle when I identify the books in this series as cozies. There are elements of cozy mysteries in these books, but they have a bit more to them. They are more of a mystery, with a cozy component (i.e. amateur sleuth, small community, eccentric characters). I have read all the books in this series and even though they can be read as standalone stories, you will want to start at the beginning. The main characters have developed along with their relationships to give you a real feel of knowing ...more
Michele E.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Braxton Campus Mystery series and - although I had not read the two preceding books – (and now wish I had), this was not an issue, as all the characters are explained to the reader when they appear for the first time in the story.
The protagonist, Kellan finds the dead body of a University professor at the library. This is the third corpse that he has stumbled across and the local pólice chief makes it clear that she does not like him meddling in her investigations,
Mae Clair
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once you visit Braxton Campus, you can’t help becoming immersed in the lives of the varied people who populate this quaint setting. Kellan Arywick is a professor with an uncanny knack for sleuthing out murderers—through no fault of his own, and much to the chagrin of the local sheriff. This time around, Kellan, agrees to help Braxton College president, Ursula Power, discover who’s stalking her and sending threatening notes. Instead, Kellan ends up with a dead body on his hands, the prime suspect ...more
Myra Dutkiewicz
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder Mystery

The third book in the series. I've enjoyed getting to know the characters and town better while Kellan investigates another murder. One actually starts to feel you are part of it all.
Sally Cronin
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A well written and compelling mystery.

Having read the previous two books in The Braxton Campus Mysteries, it was great to catch up with familiar characters, and find how they have moved on in the short time since the last story. Considering that it is only four months into Kellan Ayrwick's return to the town, he has been kept busy sleuthing. As the police chief, April Montague, keeps mentioning, people do seem to be dropping dead rather more frequently since his return. But is her frosty demeano
Nina Silva
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The Braxton Campus Mysteries continue in this third instalment, Flower Power Trip. In short, I loved it. The author has most certainly hit his cozy mystery stride and that comes through in this book. It’s a treat to read.
While each book in many cozy mystery series function well as stand-alone, I think this series is best read from the start. Important character arcs develop from book to book and the highest level of enjoyment will come from following in order. That said, each book in this series
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third cozy in the Braxton Campus Mystery series does not disappoint its fans nor leave out new readers. It begins with a helpful Who’s Who briefly describing the characters in the series. The first chapter follows up with a summary of the action in the first two books as told by the main character Kellan, while getting the plot for the new book underway.

Kellan discovers a dead body and again finds himself in the middle of a homicide investigation. Flower Power Trip swirls delightfully with i
Kay Stern
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An accidental crime magnet

This is third book in the series that finds a tv producer, single father staying in his hometown to fulfill a one year commitment as he searches for his wife, who is supposedly dead. The cast of characters are the main hook to the novel but the mysteries move the story along rapidly. You don’t have to read them order but it helps to keep track of the three continuing sub plots; much like watching a series like NCIS.
 Reading Reindeer
I have really been enjoying following the progress of this series, and FLOWER POWER TRIP may be my favourite yet. Protagonist Kellan Ayrwick, since his return to his home town in Pennsylvania and establishing a homestead for himself and daughter Emma, has shed a good deal of his former fecklessness and has become much more stable and even valued. I appreciate watching his character evolution, and as always, his rowdy adventurous grandmother Nana D is a delight. The mysteries and backstory here s ...more
Peter Adams
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Whodunit worthy of an Agatha Christie Award

This is book 3 in the Braxton Campus series – I have not read the first 2, but I will, and look forward to the subsequent titles.
When you jump into an established series it is sometimes difficult to immediately comprehend all of the characters, because many come completely formed and with a history. I had this difficulty, despite there being a glossary at the beginning. However, it was not long before I was well and truly into the book and enjoying t
Balroop Singh
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A murder mystery with a difference, Flower Power Trip by James J. Cudney is fast- paced than the previous two books in the series and is more entangled, with no clue for the reader. I wouldn’t call it a cozy mystery, as it has some nerve wrecking moments but there is Nana to diffuse the tension and Emma, Kellan’s daughter provides the welcome change to the investigative scenario. Having read two books in the series, I knew Cudney’s trick of dragging everyone into the net of suspicion except the ...more
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James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I've traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I began working in technology, program management, and business operations in the retail, sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I began focusing on my passion in 2016: telling st ...more

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